The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and the University of Massachusetts, Boston are excited to announce that online courses are now available on Open Course Ware.
All courses can be accessed at http://ocw.umb.edu/ .
There is no charge to access these courses.
Please note: Educators who are seeking college credit or CEUs should contact their regional Educator and Provider Support Grantee for enrollment information. Educators must pay applicable tuition and/or fees for college credit or CEUs.
All courses are comprised of self-contained modules that can be used individually or strung together to make up a course. Modules can be used by educators for self-study or by programs to meet the in-service professional development requirements.
Courses available online are:
1) EEC’s Core Competencies-8 modules
2) EEC Competencias Basicas-8 modules
3) Preschool Learning Standards and Guidelines-7 modules
4) Estado de Massachusetts Experiencias de Aprendizaje en Preescolar-7 modules
5) Infant and Toddler Guidelines-6 modules
6) EEC Language and Literacy- 13 modules
May & June 2013
Dirt Is Good For You!
Learning in nature has been proven to enhance connections, decrease stress, engage the senses, inspire creativity and improve overall well-being. Commit yourself to teaching lessons in nature. Want to know more? Join Heritage Museums & Gardens' educational team for workshops through the year. CEUs or PDPs are available for these workshops.
All of the following programs are being held at Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA, 02563. For a full schedule of workshops for 2013, click here. For additional information, please contact Tobey Eugenio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508.888.3300 x. 159.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Fee: $40 for one workshop, $70 for both workshops
The Importance of Visual-Spatial Learning, 9am - 12pm
Discover tools for providing more authentic learning opportunities for children in both built and natural environments and through purposeful movement. Gain a deeper understanding of why visual-spatial learning is important and how the visual-spatial learner is often misunderstood. Explore techniques for supporting each child's unique talents and abilities, and ways to use the natural world as a link to oral and written literacy.
The Arts and Nature, 1pm - 4pm
Discover engaging art experiences inspired by nature that help children make deeper connections with the world around them. Experience the Look-Move-Build-Sketch planning tool that encourages multifaceted arts exploration. Learn helpful strategies for supporting each child's individual needs, especially children with sensory integration challenges.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
We Dig Dirt: Supporting Infants & Toddlers in Outdoor Classrooms, 9am - 12pm
Explore effective ways to facilitate meaningful infant and toddler learning experiences in well-designed outdoor spaces. Discover practical strategies for addressing some of the challenges of working with very young children outdoors. Gain ideas for helping infants and toddlers explore the natural world and grow up with a sense of wonder.
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
Celebrating Earth Day!
Our Children’s Future
We are at an energy crossroad. One is the familiar path laden with some of history’s worst catastrophes related to nonrenewable energy uses: Oil spills, nuclear disasters, pollution, toxic contamination of water, air and soil; tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, floods, droughts, freakish weather patterns, and the Arctic melting expedited by climate change; ruthless exploitation of rapidly depleting fuel reserves causing shortages, skyrocketing energy prices and collapsing economies around the world; oil wars. The other path—though less travelled—is the renewable energy path, which offers us the hope and promise for a transition to a sustainable path of innovation, renewal and peace.
This powerpoint presentation shows exciting examples of renewable energy technologies—including photovoltaics, wind turbines, hydroelectric generators, solar thermal systems, solar greenhouses, solar cookers and biogas plants—that are opening up new possibilities around the world. It demonstrates a variety of ways—taking advantage of various policies, subsidies and financing options—in which individuals, communities, utilities, businesses, educational and religious institutions, and governments are turning this vision of sustainability and peace into action, inspiring more solutions.
No other choice will have a greater impact on our children’s future—socially, economically, environmentally, politically—than the energy path we choose. Join us for an exciting and educational discussion where we learn about a myriad of ways, within our limits and possibilities, we can become advocates of renewable energy, charting the path upon which our children’s future can flourish!
Sajed Kamal, EdD, author of The Renewable Revolution: How We Can Fight Climate Change, Prevent Energy Wars, Revitalize the Economy and Transition to a Sustainable Future (Earthscan 2011), teaches in the Sustainable International Development Program at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, and has been involved in the field internationally for more than thirty years, setting up projects in the USA, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia and El Salvador. In 2007 he was awarded Boston “Mayor’s First Annual Green Award for Community Leadership in Energy and Climate Protection”, in 2008 a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, and in 2012 the “Rachel Carson Award” by Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light. “The Greener Issue” of The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine on September 28, 2008, featured him as one of the “Six local heroes whose work is having rippling effects—at home and far away—in making the world a better place.” He is also an award-winning poet, artist, literary translator, psychotherapist, teacher-consultant at Corner Co-op Nursery School in Brookline, MA, and author of more than a dozen books and many articles in a wide range of areas.
Selected endorsements of The Renewable Revolution:
"Sajed Kamal reminds us what we intuitively know—that we must make the transition toward renewable energy as soon as is humanly possible, that continuing to rely on fossil fuel poisons our world with every hour that passes. Even more powerfully, though, he reminds us how possible that transition is. Kamal is the navigator we need to sail with confidence into this new century." Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org, and author of The End of Nature
"An important tale that has to be told and Dr. Kamal tells it with the passion and precision that's needed. But, The Renewable Revolution is more than a message—solutions are offered and it's our job to follow the solar course so elegantly set for us." Jane Weissman, Executive Director, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, and former Chairperson, Policy Committee, American Solar Energy Society
MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013 7:30-9:30 PM
Corner Co-op Nursery School 1773 Beacon Street Brookline MA 02445
Solving the Autism Puzzle Conference
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A Conference for Educators, Social Service Providers, Faculty, Parents, and Caregivers
June 27 - 28, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$195.00 registration fee
12 PDPs/1.2 CEUs
Wheelock College presents a conference on the timely topic "Solving the Autism Puzzle." New findings indicate that autism now affects an average of one in 110 children the United States. Characterized by a wide range of symptoms that affect a child's social interaction and communication, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is gaining prominence as numbers of those affected appear to be growing rapidly and studies show complex, interrelated causes.
At this conference, you will learn about current education trends and theory, diagnostic updates, medical/genetic/physiological information, resources and materials, and best practices for educators, social service providers, health professionals, advocates, parents, caregivers, students, and faculty.
Gain Skills and Fulfill Professional Development Requirements Learn from experts and engage with your peers about the up-and-coming theories and best practices in the growing field of autism education.
Conference attendees can earn 12 professional development points or 1.2 continuing education units.
Conference Highlights The conference will feature a mixture of informative presentations followed by breakout sessions and workshops that will allow you to dive deeper into each topic and come away with actionable knowledge and new skills.
Download the full conference schedule (pdf).
Directions and Parking The Conference will be held on Wheelock College's Brookline Campus
43 Hawes St., Ladd Room
This online learning opportunity is provided through the collaborative efforts of
Region 2 Educator Provider Support (EPS ) Partnership and the Central Massachusetts Readiness Center
Date: Begins Week of April 22, 2013 Section 1: English Language Arts and the Arts April 22 – May 3
Section 2: History, Social Studies and Health Education, May 6 – 17
Section 3: STEM - Science, Math, Engineering & Technology, May 20 - 31
Description: This course is designed to provide early childhood education professionals with the knowledge and skills to teach each content area according to the preschool learning guidelines, or state standards. Through presentations, online resources, readings and assignments students will gain knowledge of the components of each area: mathematics, English language arts, science and technology/engineering, the arts, health education, and history and social science. The presentation is on line and viewed on your own schedule with assignments due every week; phone and email support will
be available on a set weekly schedule. Internet, email, and other technology capabilities are required.
QRIS Connection: Provides formal professional development in using the MA Guidelines for QRIS Level 2 and up
Region VI Professional Development Director
178 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02111
617-348-6314 - telephone
617-357-7158 - fax
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Southeast Education Professionals Partnership
Check out Better Kid Care from Penn State for $5.00 professional development opportunities to share with your teachers. You can also purchase a whole manual for $35.00 and do the training yourself. This is a fantastic resource.
Brain Building in Progress Week is just a month away - April 14 - 20th! Here are three next steps to take to make BBIP Week a huge success in Boston:
1. Spread the Word
The Brain Building in Progress Week website is up and running - complete with activity ideas, logos and everything you need to celebrate Brain Building in Progress Week, April 14th - 20th. Here's the link to the BBIP Week site: [ http://brainbuildinginprogress.org/bbipweek ]http://brainbuildinginprogress.org/bbipweek. And here's the link to the toolkit with materials (also at the bottom of the BBIP Week page): [ http://brainbuildinginprogress.org/toolkit ]http://brainbuildinginprogress.org/toolkit. Also attached are two versions of the BBIP Week flyer to share with colleagues and parents. Both are meant to be printed double-sided; one is formatted for two flyers per sheet. Please share these with your colleagues and networks!
2. Post Your BBIP Week Events on Facebook
Like last year, the idea is to brand events and activities for young children and families during April 14 - 20 as Brain Building events - and to share information about public opportunities that are open to community members on the BBIP Facebook page: [ http://www.facebook.com/groups/brainbuildinginprogress ]www.facebook.com/groups/brainbuildinginprogress. If you have events happening during BBIP Week, whether they are things that happen regularly like play groups or story hours or special events for BBIP Week, please post them on the Facebook page - and post photos from the event there too after it happens.
3. Invite Elected Officials and Community Leaders to Your BBIP Week Event
Help raise awareness about the importance of the work you do by inviting elected officials and community leaders to your event to see brain building in action! Look up your elected officials at [ http://www.wheredoivotema.com ]www.wheredoivotema.com. If you would like help coordinating a visit, please contact Pat Xavier from BAEE ([ mailto:email@example.com ]firstname.lastname@example.org) and I know.
Thanks in advance for being a brain builder!
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